Ellis Jones – Memory Lane (2021)

Influenced by the likes of Hozier, James Blake and Bon Iver, Ellis Jones has a laidback but uniquely profound sound. Working with various artists on the Universal Publishing roster, including Katey Brooks and Katie Sky, Jones has performed at live music venues throughout the UK. You might have seen him playing at Redgrave Theatre, The Fleece or the O2 Academy, but Jones is more than just an engaging performer. Receiving airtime from various playlists, Jones is quickly turning heads on an international scale. The latest addition to his repertoire is the single ‘Memory Lane’.

Following on from his debut single ‘Wander’, ‘Memory Lane’ intertwines harmonic soul melodies with charming lyricism. Combining dynamic guitar hooks, catchy choruses and a chilled vibe, Jones captivates you with this sentimental tune. Yet, while there is a feel-good, um, feeling to ‘Memory Lane’, the lyricism proves to be more complex and sombre.

Touching on relationships and their evocative nature, Jones combines the innocence and joyfulness of a new romance with the desolate need to find this new romance. Intriguing, is it not? Produced by Jack Morris, the sophomore single has a harmonic layering of instrumentation atop vocals. The textures of each element add another dimension to the tale of desire and desperation. Yes, the flowing layers are significant to the melody’s foundation, but the execution of these elements is essential to the song’s success.

Using a personal narrative, Jones uses his bold vocals to captivate his listener. A similarity may be seen to George Benson in the beginning, but it is soon clear that this UK-based musician has a contemporary tone of his own. Made for those summer nights out with friends, and that special someone, ‘Memory Lane’ is a nostalgic, anthemic and overwhelmingly exquisite trip down memory lane.

For more from Ellis Jones check out his Spotify.

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